Career Services seeks Graduate Career Peer for 2017-18

By Erik Martinez, Graduate Career Peer
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:06 AM

UCSB Career Services is currently accepting applications for its ​Graduate Career Peer position, to begin employment in Summer 2017and run through Spring quarter 2018.

The ​Graduate Career Peer assists graduate students specifically on issues related to career development. This position will give the successful applicant valuable experience working in ​higher-ed administration and the opportunity to assist with program development and promotion as well as provide workshop support. This position may be extended beyond Spring 201​8 and is based in the Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building, Room 1215). The Graduate Career Peer reports to the Graduate Student Career Counselor, Lana Smith-Hale.

PAYMENT: $1​8.00 per hour, plus payment of student fees if not already covered by fellowships/TAships

HOURS: 14-20 hours weekly (35%-50% appointment) during the academic year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications need to be received by ​Friday, ​May 26, 201​7


  • Assist with current graduate student workshops (e.g., LinkedIn, ​Versatile PhD);
  • Help update graduate student services and information on the Career Services website;
  • Aid in developing relationships and outreach to different graduate programs and departments to provide information, resources, and outreach to graduate students;
  • Support efforts to create targeted programming for graduate students and assist with logistical aspects of program development (e.g., help with grad student career mixer, organize panelist discussions);
  • Assist with publicizing events sponsored by Career Services (e.g., through GradPost, GSA bagel hour);
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other peer advisors and staff in the Graduate Student Resource Center, Career Services, Graduate Division, and Student Affairs;
  • Hold drop-in office hours, respond to student requests (by email, phone, or in person) for information or assistance, provide confidential advice, and make referrals as needed.


  • Has completed one year of graduate study in residence at UCSB, is in good academic standing, is within university time-to-degree standards, and meets all other standard student employment eligibility requirements;
  • Is energetic and knowledgeable about the UCSB campus, positive and self-motivated, and able to work well independently or collaboratively;
  • Can represent graduate student interests and concerns and is attentive to the goals of excellence in UCSB’s graduate education;
  • Has experience with or demonstrated ability to advise, mentor, and support students in Career Development (or related experience);
  • Is able to work confidently with diverse student populations and is committed to practicing and promoting inclusivity;
  • Has effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills;
  • Previous experience in advising, teaching, and workshop/conference planning is desirable, although training will be provided;
  • Previous experience in web development is also desirable but not required.

Additional Benefits: With the appropriate eligibility and approval, the position may be combined with a GSR or TA position, as long as the combined hours do not exceed 75% appointment. Graduate Division will pay partial fees and graduate student health insurance (Gaucho Health Insurance) equivalent to those provided for TAs if other student academic appointments or awards do not provide these fees.

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter indicating interests and highlighting related experiences, along with a formal resume, to Lana Smith-Hale by e-mail at